Get to know the natural and cultural beauty of the Oaxaca Valley on this guided day trip by comfortable coach. Visit the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day rug weavers in Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) and Santa Maria’s 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, the world’s thickest tree. Spend time at the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of Hierve el Agua before wrapping up the day with a delicious mescal tasting in Santiago Matatlan. Round-trip hotel transport from Oaxaca included.
Full-day sightseeing tour of Oaxaca Valley, including Mitla, Santa Maria del Tule and Teotitlan
See the world’s widest trunk on the magnificent tule tree in Santa Maria
Admire the intricate fretwork and mosaic designs at the well-preserved archaeological site of Mitla
See the fossilized falls of Hierve el Agua and learn about mezcal in Santiago Matatlan
Watch expert weavers at their looms in the Zapotec village of Teotitlan of the Valley
Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included
After morning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel, travel with your guide a short distance east to Santa Maria del Tule, a town famous for a natural wonder: a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, or a tule tree. Learn how this 509-ton tule tree — considered the world’s thickest with a girth of 173 feet (53 meters) — is actually growing within a family of ancient trees.
Next, wander the archaeological ruins of Mitla, a well-preserved Mesoamerican site in the Oaxaca Valley. With insight from your guide, gaze at the elaborate design of the mosaics, made with finely cut and polished stone pieces. Stunning fretwork covers panels, friezes, tombs, and entire walls. Hear about the Zapotecs who used the city as a religious center, fairly isolated until Spanish conquest in the early 1500s, and see the Spanish colonial Church of San Pablo.
Visit the Zapotec community of Teotitlan of the Valley, where you’ll get the chance to watch artisan weavers build wool rugs on domestic looms, using natural dyes to color their pictorial designs. You might even see reproductions of Picasso and Matisse!
Back aboard the coach, travel along an unpaved road for a scenic stop at Hierve el Agua, or Spanish for ‘boiling water,’ believed to have been a sacred site for the ancient Zapotec. Stare in awe at a set of fossilized 'waterfalls,’ white natural rock formations saturated with calcium carbonate and other mineral deposits. During your hour here, snap photos or go for a swim in the natural spa created by carbonated springs on a cliff that run into cold bathing pools below.
Refuel with a restaurant buffet lunch (own expense) before heading to Santiago Matatlan, a town known as the 'world capital of mezcal.' Learn about the undiluted white mezcal as well as other fine varieties produced in the large number of mezcal factories and outlets. Visit one of these factories and see how this drink is produced, and enjoy a taste of it at the end of the tour before you’re returned to Oaxaca.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Well worth the money
, Aug 2019
This trip was well worth the money. We booked it a day in advance and they were still able to pick us up at our hotel. The minibus was very comfortable--clean and modern with AC. Our guide was very knowledgable. The only drawback was she had to recite the info in three languages (Spanish, English, and German), which made it hard to understand sometimes. All the stops were very interesting and showcased Oaxaca's beauty. My least favorite part was the lunch buffet. Lunch was not included in the price of the tour so it was an extra $150 pesos per person for the buffet, which didn't include drinks. The food was pretty average and the bathrooms are the location were not working well. I would have preferred to eat directly around Mitla instead of the buffet. Still, this is very much worth the price. We were able to visit 4 main attractions in one day without worrying about taxis, entry fees, or anything else. Hierve el Agua was beautiful! One hour is plenty of time there unless perhaps if you want to swim or hike all over. For us, it was our first time visiting these places and we didn't want to commit to any one stop for too long. You can still take a quick dip at Hierve el Agua but remember to take a bathing suit, towel, and slippers if you want to do that. Definitely recommend this tour!
This was not my first tour in Mexico but it was definitely the best. I enjoyed every stop and really appreciated the way groups were separated into Spanish & English at each stop so everyone could get the details. My guide, Clemente, was great and I would recommend this tour to anyone that wants a full day of fun that includes food.
While this tour was amazing, I will say that Viator charges almost three times as much as the tour was originally cost with the original touring agency. It is still best to do your own research and communicate with the tour agencies.
Tour started promptly at 10:00 with pickup from our Hotel Trebol at 9:45. Each stop afforded sufficient time to learn about the site, to take photos, and to do a walk-about. Bottled water was offered at every stop, which was much appreciated as it was about 80F. The buffet lunch was excellent! The Teotitlan Valley stop at the weaving factory was fabulous, as was the stop for mezcal-making and tasting. The one major disappointment was that we returned an hour late 8:00 pm, which caused us to miss our cemeteries tour with a different company, which resulted in the total forfeiture of fees paid. And that evening was the ONLY evening for cemetery tours.
Excellent tour guide. They picked us up on time at our b and B to go to the van meeting spot. Excellent packed day and the guide had so much knowledge and was fluent in both Spanish and English. We stopped at the biggest oldest tree, Hierve del Agua, a really nice buffet lunch spot, Mitle, Teotitlan to learn about natural dyeing and textiles, and finally a Mezcal spot. They were so nice and provided bottled water for everyone. Bring a backpack and sneakers bc you will be walking a lot and it can be tiring but you get to see everything. This was the highlight of our Oaxaca trip. Highly recommend this tour as it was professional and we learned so much.
It was a good tour and well worth the money. I was told it would be a bilingual tour, but I ended up being the only English speaker. I asked the guide if he could sprinkle a little English into his tour, but was ignored. Luckily I had my phone and was able to look up basic information about the sites we visited.